Malik Greaves talks decision

Vanderbilt secured commitment number two for the Class of 2013 when Malik Greaves made his verbal pledge to the coaching staff. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back is from Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Fla.


"I called with Coach Rahne and told him I was ready to commit," said Malik Greaves. "Then I spoke with Coach Franklin and Coach Shoop. They were all stoked. They asked me if I was sure because they expected me to decide in late summer. I told them I was."

Greaves saw his interest increase from colleges across the country, but Vanderbilt's interest was always present with the persistence of his recruiting coach, Ricky Rahne.

"When all I had was one offer and nothing else going for me, I met Coach Rahne," Greaves said. "Coach Rahne, who's a great guy, was always pushing me to look more into Vanderbilt's program and what they had to offer."

Although he has yet to step foot on the Nashville campus, Greaves was so impressed with what he found out about Vanderbilt after gaining more knowledge of the university.

"That's how convincing they were," said Greaves of the coaching staff. "I am going to be visiting in March and during the summer. They're all top-notch people. Coach Rahne is a funny, down-to-earth guy. They offer great academics, great people, and have a pretty good football team that's on the way up.

"I feel like a do a good job of evaluating people and listen closely to what they tell me. The [Vanderbilt] coaching staff were always upfront with me and answered all of my questions.

"Coach Shoop talked with me about the defensive scheme and how well I fit in to it. I felt like with an opportunity this good I should jump on it early."

Another key component in the recruitment of Greaves was the Vanderbilt School of Engineering. When he was researching all of the schools that offered, Greaves said he would take a long look at what kinds of programs they had for Engineering majors.

"I've always wanted to go into Engineering,: said Greaves. "I was offered by schools with high academics like UVA, Duke, UNC, West Virginia, Southern Miss and a soft offer from Wisconsin. I was also looking at Georgia Tech and Purdue. Academics were always my first priority. When I was narrowing it down, Vanderbilt's Engineering School stood out."

Now Greaves says it's time to "get out and get ready." He was an All-Conference performer as a junior at Sandalwood playing both cornerback and 'SAM' linebacker in Florida 8A, District 1. Greaves wears No. 15 for the Saints. His head coach is Adam Geis.

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